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Today (26 September), international law scholar and university leader Professor Stephen Toope was nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
The Festival runs from 17-30 October with over 200 events, mostly free, on everything from the future of Europe to the continuing relevance of Shakespeare.
Researchers have identified a new mechanism controlling brain development: that neurons not only ‘smell’ chemicals in their environment, but also ‘feel’ their way through the developing brain. 

'Bittersweet' is the term that my friends and I use to describe our time at Cambridge. The highs were euphoric; the lows were tough...

Financial traders are better at reading their ‘gut feelings’ than the general population – and the better they are at this ability, the more successful they are as traders, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge.
Researchers have identified how alpha-synuclein, the protein associated with Parkinson’s Disease, enables communication between neurons in the brain, offering important clues about what may be happening to patients when the protein malfunctions.
Traveller communities have significantly lower uptake of vaccinations compared to the general population, suggesting that more work needs to be done to promote understanding and appreciation of the benefits of vaccination among this population, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

The UAE Alumni Group’s Schools Outreach Programme celebrated recent successes and organized a networking session for alumni and prospective Oxbridge applicants and their parents.

Communication between doctors and South Asian patients is poor, according to national GP surveys, but a question has been raised about whether this reflects genuinely worse experiences or differences in responding to questionnaires. Now, a new study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that it is in fact the former – South Asian patients do experience poorer communication with their GP than the White British majority.
Researchers have observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional ‘quantum wires’ and observing the interactions between them. The results could be used to aid in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum computing. 

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